READER Q&A

Ask David Haugh

The Tribune’s Bears writer answers reader questions each week during the
season

9:24 PM CST, November 22, 2007

Friday marks the busiest shopping day of the year. And Monday the Bears will begin making a list of their own if they let the Broncos hand them their seventh loss.

That’s the reality of what Lovie Smith meant by stating flatly it would take 10 wins to make the playoffs.

Losing Sunday makes the playoffs nearly impossible for the Bears. If that happens, the
calendar immediately flips to 2008 at Halas Hall.

Good for Smith, who, in a rare moment of candor, publicly challenged his players by putting the
necessary pressure on them to save the season. Now.

What will top the Bears’ list if they can’t do that?

What about a quarterback? That’s been among the most popular questions lately among Bears fans in light of Rex Grossman’s six-quarter resurgence … but not the only one.

It seems as if Cleveland is looking to lock up Anderson long-term to be their QB of the future. Do you think they would allow Brady Quinn to come to the Bears for a second-round pick in next year’s draft? –Bryce Cooper, Washington, D.C.

Maybe if the Bears threw in a defensive starter, another draft pick and a year’s supply of Eli’s Cheesecake. Get serious. Teams need two quarterbacks, and even if the Browns prevent Anderson from leaving via restricted free agency, as expected, he likely will be competing with Quinn for the No. 1 job next summer and beyond. Look at past situations such as Philip Rivers/Drew Brees in San Diego and Jon Kitna/Carson Palmer in Cincinnati as examples that the high draft picks usually take at least a season or two before nudging the veteran aside.
For the Bears, that means entering the off-season with realistic plans regarding Anderson